Taking the Pixel out of the Picture

Philip Willis

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We have developed a contour-based image and movie representation that takes the pixel out of the picture. We use contours, which are scale-free and can readily be rendered back to an image at a new resolution independent of the original. They are easy to rotate and zoom by fractional amounts. They can act as a universal intermediate during post-production. They provide a single delivery mechanism, whether to mobile phone, television screen, or cinema. They are futureproof,
taking high-definition resolution and beyond in their stride. This is not a disruptive
technology: Moving between pixels and contours can happen at any stage in the pipeline and does not need special cameras or displays.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 2013 - , UK United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


ConferenceSMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 2013
CountryUK United Kingdom
Period1/01/13 → …



  • video codecs
  • computer graphics and animation
  • image reconstruction
  • Image processing
  • Image segmentation

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Willis, P. (2013). Taking the Pixel out of the Picture. Paper presented at SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 2013, UK United Kingdom.